NBA Daily: First Quarter Grades: Southwest DivisionCat:未分類
The NBA has broached the mark, as November draws to a close. Twenty games might not look like a whole lot, but there’s plenty which can be removed from the drama of any team through this stage in the season.
The season has been a surprising one so far, even more so. Down and up, the Southwest has not played out how anyone expected it to.
So, how have these teams performed for this point in the season?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind hasn’t made a comeback, like it had been 2013 but this year was began by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they’ve come back down by a sudden start, that the 12-8 Grizzlies sit at the top of the division and look much improved by the 22-60 squad they ran outside onto the court . Mike Conley, who’s averaged 20.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 20 games, has rebounded after he missed most of last year because of injury, and his return has galvanized his seasoned partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has fostered his numbers after an underwhelming 2017; the Spaniard is among five players this season to average at least 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block per game. Meanwhile, the Shelvin Mack, Kyle Anderson and Garrett Temple have demonstrated competent additions too.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played in a high degree; the former Michigan State Spartan has averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, a steal and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 34.9 percent on 2.2 three-point attempts per game.
The Grizzlies weren’t anticipated by many to lead the division at the quarter mark, or perhaps some mark, this year. However, with the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets underperforming into a level, this is where they’ve found themselves. They may not hold all season, but they can think about a success so far.
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